“The best mirror is an old friend.” 

This morning it rained just a bit. It will rain again tomorrow. The temperature is in the 60’s. The day is a bit ugly with cloudy skies and wind. I’m staying home today. My dance card is empty until Tuesday.

The visit with my friends was almost perfect. (The almost is explained below.) We laughed and remembered, and it felt as if I had just seen them. There is never a gap in our friendship over time. They came bearing gifts as they always do. Bill had made a planter for my deck which looks like a bear. They brought the pot to fit and the flowers for the pot. Peg also brought a beautiful pottery bowl, pot holders of perfect color for my kitchen, a boxer book mark and Peeps. Bill fixed the two things which had been driving me crazy: a kitchen drawer I had to whack every time I opened it so the sides would stay connected to the front and the paper towel dispenser which kept dropping the towels on the floor. Both had been the objects of unleashed cursing.

We had an excursion which took us all the way to Race Point, the end of the cape. We stopped at the Spice House where we did a bit of shopping. It was late afternoon when we got home.

We ate like royalty. I made an apple pie, my seafood casserole and roasted carrots. That was dinner the first night. Peg brought shrimp pesto pasta, kelewele, avocados and garlic bread, our second night dinner. She also brought lemon squares and blueberry muffins. My chicken salad with cranberries and sugared walnuts was a hit. My fridge groaned under the weight of all that tasty food.

I had two awful things happen. The first was the dogs. Nala brought in a dead baby which looked like a possum. We took it away, and she attacked Henry who was innocent. They really went at it. I broke them up but got bitten for my efforts. Finally I got Nala into the bathroom and shut the door. My finger had a long bite which sort of looks like a river on a map, long and snaky. It was and is still painful but looks better and feels a bit better. I had to soak the finger in salty, soapy water so I could get the band-aids off. Henry had a lot of blood around his neck, but I checked, and it was my blood. Five minutes later I opened the bathroom door, and they were fine.

The second thing happened when I was getting out of bed. I have a topper on my mattress. I must have been a restless sleeper as the topper extended beyond the mattress so I slid off the bed to the floor. Nala cried as she too slid. All 60 pounds of her landed on my right leg, on the shin which is now super swollen and black and blue. It hurts even more than my finger. Nala was fine.

Yesterday morning we had blueberry muffins with our coffee. Bill went out to have another but the muffins were gone. Bill had left them on the counter. Nala surfed the counter and found them. Peg checked the yard and found the plastic bag which had held the muffins, all six of them. That theft hurt almost as much as much as my injuries.

I miss my friends already. I’ll visit them in the fall, or rather we’ll visit them in the fall, the dogs and I. I hope the dogs will be better behaved.

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6 Comments on ““The best mirror is an old friend.” ”

  1. Christer. Says:

    I’m sorry about Your finger and leg! Keep an eye on that finger since dogs mouths aren’t as clean as we like ti think. Albin can do things like that when he think something is wrong, Alma and/ or Nova are quite often the victims. I was it once when he bit my knee. We were both rather surprised about that and he was ashamed for the rest of the day.

    Alma jumped the fence late last night and god knows where she had been but I know that someone had all their trash spread since she reeked of old bad food 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day despite it all!


    • katry Says:

      I got antiseptic gel this morning and lathered it on. I have non sticking pads and paper tape. I’m chasing the bandage often. The bite looks ugly. Usually it is Henry who goes on the attack. I was surprised when it was Nala.

      Henry would never jump the fence. Gracie used to but she didn’t trash pick. Nala is my trash picker and my food thief.

      I was just about read to change the bandage when I noticed the ointment was gone. Yup, Nala had brought it outside but didn’t get into the tube.

      Nala and Alma would be a bad combination!
      Take care!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Even the best laid plans of mice and men often goes awry. Have you had a recent Tetanus shot? I’m assuming that your dogs have had their rabies vaccinations.

    The last two days have been gorgeous after the rain on Tuesday night. The high temperatures have been in the 80s. Today and over the weekend the high temperatures will reach back into the 90s.

    Your menus sounded wonderful. You must have had a wonderful Couple of days regardless of the bloodshed. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The dogs have both had their rabies shots. When I got all the Covid shots, I added shots The last one I added was tetanus so I’m covered.

      The sun came out for a little while today. It is 67˚ and was beautiful out. 80’s are August around here. We’ll have rain tomorrow, and it will be in the mid 60’s.

      I had the best time with my friends. I was glad the were around to hep with the bloodshed!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sometimes the removal of “prey” triggers adverse reactions in the best of dogs. I could never take anything like that out of my old dog Tegan’s mouth. I’d lose a finger. I can take anything out of Rocky’s and Piki Dog’s mouths. Surprised the heck out of me the first time I did it and didn’t get bit.
    Your friends’ visit sounded perfectly wonderful, especially the food. I hope your finger and your leg heal quickly.
    Have a great evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have taken dead animals way from Nala before without a problem. Henry was just too close this time so Nala had to blame someone. I can usually take anything from either dogs’s mouth so I was shocked when Nala attacked Henry. She was fierce. My friends said they were worried about me being by myself with the dogs. I told them to watch and opened the bathroom door where I had shoved Nala. She and Henry sniffed noses and were fine. They continue to be fine.

      It was a wonderful visit. The food was spectacular. I’m enjoying leftovers, and they are too!!

      My leg hurts more than my finger now. I’mm the waling wounded.

      Have a great night!

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